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Star Wars : The Old Republic – Space Missions Primer

Posted by on December 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Well, we’re getting to the point that most of the people who picked up SWTOR for the holidays should be getting or about to get their space ships. Of course, with great power comes great responsibility and as part of that you’re going to be expected to do space missions to help out your side.

Of course I’m flying for the Empire (I have a couple of characters who have ships at this point) and I’m enjoying the hell out of the space missions so I’ve recorded a couple and present one of them here, for you to have a look at what it’s like.

Read on!

The first thing you have to know is that, at this time, the space combat missions are rather StarFox-esque. You fly on a pre-set path which will take you through any and all objectives you need to accomplish (read : ships/guns/satellites/destroyers to blow up) and you are responsible for aiming and shooting, somewhat like the weapons officer in a 2-seater jet.

This isn’t always as easy at it may sound. On many missions, conserving your missiles will be the key to success as you are going to be met by staggering numbers of hostile forces, all hell bent on lasering your sinuses out the back of your skull. At this point I’ve been attacked by everything from single seat fighters to frigates and all the way through Republic destroyers and you’re going to have to make sure you have the firepower to take them down or they’re going to make minced meat out of you.

Move and aim with the mouse, fire lasers with the left button and missiles with the right. Also, you can hold down the right button and sweep across targets for multi-targeting your missiles, of which you can fire 4 at a time and then the missile tubes have to reload (I’ve had as many as 6 or 7 in the air at once, with the right timing)

Also keep in mind that all of the missions are, at this point, recurring dailies, with somewhat diminishing returns. They are always good for a little cash and some XP though so I make sure I run them every day. Money = POWER.

And for those of you who aren’t sure how to get your ship: Just keep on with your class quest. Every player in the game will get one 0nce they’ve advanced their class story far enough so put down the PVP for 5 minutes and get to questing!

Enjoy the video!

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